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    Take Five: Sponsorship

    When asked the reason for their success, most business leaders point to someone in their past who took more than a passive interest in their career and offered advice and championship at critical times. We know that having a sponsor who can provide access to the informal networks within an...

    September 14, 2012 by Deborah Gillis

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    C This

    Sweeping changes are afoot down under. Once passed, Australia’s Workplace Gender Equality Act will compel companies to report the gender composition of their boards and share salary data on their women and men employees. The law also targets gender discrimination in relation to family and caring...

    September 14, 2012 by Ilene H. Lang

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    Labour Day: Time for Change

    I hope everyone has enjoyed the last long weekend of summer.

    But Labour Day is more than one final taste of summer before we get back to the routines of September. It’s a time to recognize the efforts of labour to achieve fairness and safety in our workplaces.

    It’s also a time to recognize the...

    September 5, 2012 by Deborah Gillis

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    Summers Past, Part II

    Last week on Catalyzing I featured a touching story by a Catalyst employee named Jennette about what she lost—and gained—from a fire that swept through her apartment building in July. Today, I’m happy to present the rest of the responses to my all-staff question: “What did you do this summer?”...

    September 5, 2012 by Ilene H. Lang

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    Summers Past, Part I

    A few years back, editors of the New York Times asked their staff a simple question: What did you do this summer? The responses were interesting, revealing, funny and poignant.

    As this summer draws to close, I decided to ask my staff the same thing. The responses that filled my inbox were just as...

    August 29, 2012 by Ilene H. Lang

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    C This, Canada

    We’ve all enjoyed watching the greatest number of women athletes performing so well in this summer’s Olympic Games. So how are women performing in other areas? We found some encouraging signs. And what about the future? Some recent stories about young women stepping up and making change happen...

    August 24, 2012 by Deborah Gillis

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    Path to Parity

    The path to gender parity may be long, but it has to start somewhere. That’s why I welcome the long-overdue news of the gender barrier crumbling at Augusta National Golf Club.

    Critics who dismiss this as “non-event” miss a critical point: the inclusion of women in the halls (and fairways) of...

    August 22, 2012 by Ilene H. Lang

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    Sky’s the Limit

    The appointment of Marissa Mayer as Yahoo!’s new CEO sparked many conversations—including on Catalyzing and MARC. Adding one more voice to the mix, today we’re featuring Catalyst’s Cheryl Yanek, who highlights an important parallel between moms who are professional athletes and those climbing...

    August 15, 2012 by Ilene H. Lang

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    Faster, Higher, Stronger

    Olympics fan David Lau is also Associate, Member Relations at Catalyst Canada. This year, David has been most impressed by the growing participation and accomplishments of women athletes from around the world.


    I have a confession to make: I am an Olympics junkie. I have been from the moment I...

    August 14, 2012 by David Lau

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    For Diverse Women, Prejudice Lives On

    In this post, the second in a series on women of color, Catalyst’s Katherine Giscombe, PhD, describes the challenges facing diverse women and asks tough questions related to their status in the American workforce.


    Let’s call it what it is: prejudice.

    In a report released in July 2012,...

    August 9, 2012 by Ilene H. Lang